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High school football: Edmond Santa Fe players optimistic, ready to get season started

Optimism abounds at Edmond Santa Fe. The Wolves are coming off a 10-2 season in Lance Manning's first year as head coach after Santa Fe won only four games the previous two years, including a miserable 1-9 season in 2010.
by Ed Godfrey Published: August 7, 2012

/articleid/3698965/1/pictures/1795571">Photo - Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen takes to the field during the first day of football practice at Edmond Santa Fe High School on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Edmond, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen takes to the field during the first day of football practice at Edmond Santa Fe High School on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“Justice is one of those kids that works so hard and commits that I would expect him to be much better this year than what he was last year. He showed signs of that all summer. I don't know why that wouldn't continue in the fall.”

Manning has plenty of offensive weapons to surround Justice, including Sumpter plus wide receivers Dale Jefferson and Trevan Smith.

On defense, safety Khari Harding already has committed to Arkansas and is one of the best players in state.

“I feel like we are more athletic on both sides of the ball,” Manning said.

Santa Fe went through a four-hour workout Tuesday morning with many short breaks, a schedule the Wolves will keep until Monday when they will start practicing at 3 p.m.

“If we are not acclimated to the heat, we better be by then,” Manning said.

The oppressive heat Tuesday didn't seem to bother the Wolves, who are anxious to start what could be a special season.

“No one is complaining about the heat,” Sumpter said. “We are just ready to play some football. We worked hard in the offseason for this day. We have been waiting for this day.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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